With winter right around the corner, and the cold weather already creeping into those early mornings and late nights, preparing your home for winter is increasingly important. However there are plenty of easy steps you can take to ensure your home is ready for these chilly months.
Get Your Boiler Checked
Waking up on a cold winter morning without any heating is the last thing you want to happen. Its always a good idea to take the precaution of having your boiler services before the truly cold weather kicks in! Ensure that the engineer is fully qualified, and they’ll easily be able to sort out any existing problems meaning you won’t be stuck without heating or hot water.
… and keep it running!
Even if you’re going away over the Christmas period, or escaping the cold weather to somewhere warmer, its always a good idea to at least run your boilers for an hour a day. It helps keeps things running smoothly and is easy to do with the in-built timers. Find out that instruction manual or find one online.
Insulate As Much As Possible
It may seem obvious but insultation is key for the winter period, where heating bills skyrocket and dark nights lead to higher electricity costs. Saving money and keeping your home water is super important, with the average person able to save around £145 annually with insultation alone.
And a quarter of all heating is lost through the roof! So that would be a good place to start, but wall insulation is also worth considering. It might even be worth looking into any local grants/schemes made available through your local council/government that will reduce the cost for you.
Clear the gutters and drains
Often considered a spring-time activity, it’s a good idea to get up and check on your gutters. The falling autumn leaves and muddy build up can become too much for some drainages system, letting water into your roof and walls. Make sure they are as clean as possible to avoid the risk of water damage.
Take Care of your Radiators
Spend some time looking at your radiators; are they nice and warm at the bottom, but chilly and cold at the top? They’ll probably need bleeding. It may seem like a daunting task at first however its easy, with plenty of helpful guides available online to take you through it. You’ll be thankful when you do and those radiators are nice and toasty.
Don’t Let the Cold Sneak In
Feeling a chilly draft as you walk around your home? Its one of the quickest and simplest methods of staying warm and saving money but checking for draughts around window frames and door gaps will help a bunch in the winter months. Purchase some draught excluders online and see the benefits straight away, for a few quid.
These are our top tips for preparing this home for your winter. Got some of your own? Let us know over social media and we’ll give you credit!